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Visakhapatnam (nicknamed Vizag) is the largest city, both in terms of area and population in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the north eastern region of the state. It is the administrative headquarters of Visakhapatnam district and also the Financial Capital of Andhra Pradesh.
Visakhapatnam's history stretches back to the 6th century BCE. Historically, it was considered part of the Kalinga ancient region, and later ruled by the Vengi kingdom, the Pallava and Eastern Ganga dynasties. Archaeological records suggest that the present city was built around the 11th and 12th centuries CE with control over the city fluctuating between the Chola Dynasty and the Gajapati Kingdom until its conquest by the Vijayanagara Empire in the 15th century. Conquered by the Mughals in the 16th century, European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and by the end of the 18th century it had come under French rule. Control passed to the British in 1804 and it remained under British colonial rule until India's independence in 1947. After independence, Visakhapatnam developed into one of the country's chief ports and became the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
The city is located between the Eastern Ghats mountain range and the Bay of Bengal, and is often known as The Jewel of the East Coast, The City of Destiny and the Goa of the East Coast. Visakhapatnam's beaches (such as Ramakrishna Mission Beach and Rushikonda), parks (such as Kailasagiri and VUDA Park), museums (such as the Kursura Submarine Museum and Visakha Museum), and proximity to areas of natural beauty (such as the Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Araku Valley, and Borra Caves) have helped the city become a significant tourist destination.
Visakhapatnam has been selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi's flagship Smart Cities Mission. Visakhapatnam was ranked as the fifth cleanest city in India according to the government's Swachhta Sarvekshan rankings.
The city was ruled by Andhra Kings of Vengi and Pallavas. The city is named after Sri Vishaka Varma, Legend has it that Radha and Viśakha were born on the same day, and were equally beautiful. Sri Vishaka Sakhi, is the second most important gopi of the eight main gopis. She carries messages between Radha and Krishna, and is the most expert gopi messenger. Local residents believe that an Andhra king, built a temple to pay homage to his family deity Viśakha. This is now inundated under sea water near R K Beach. Another theory is that it is named after a women disciple of Buddha named Viśakha. Later it was ruled by Qutb Shahis, Mughal Empire (between 1689 and 1724), Nizam (1724–1757) and France (1757–1765) before being captured by the British in 1765. European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city, and Visakhapatnam came under French rule at the end of the 18th century
The British captured Visakhapatnam after the 1804 Battle of Vizagapatam, and it remained under British colonial rule until India's independence in 1947 which was a part of the Northern Circars.
Hindu texts state that during the fifth century BC, the Visakhapatnam region was part of Kalinga territory, which extended to the Godavari River. Relics found in the area also prove the existence of a Buddhist empire in the region. Kalinga later lost the territory to King Ashoka in the bloodiest battle of its time, which prompted Ashoka to embrace Buddhism. Visakhapatnam is surrounded by ancient Buddhist sites, most of which have been excavated recently and illustrate the legacy of Buddhism in the region.
ROADWAYS: Visakhapatnam is one of the major cities on the east coast of India connected by NH5, a major highway and a part of the Golden Quadrilateral system of Indian highways connecting Chennai and Kolkata. The city has a broad network of roads. The city has a total road length of 2007.10 km. State owned APSRTC runs buses to various places of the state.
Residents of Visakhapatnam use city buses run by APSRTC, that runs buses along a number of routes across the city and its suburbs. The APSRTC complex at Asilametta is the hub for most of these buses. As of now the city has two Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Pendurti and Simhachalam corridors.
RAILWAYS: The city's railway station was originally called Waltair railway station. In around 1987, Mr. D. V. Subbarao, the then mayor of Visakhapatnam, changed the name to Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam railway station is administered by the East Coast Railway of Indian Railways and is the headquarters for the Waltair Railway Division. It will be de-linked from East Coast Railway once a new railway zone for Andhra Pradesh is formed and will be part of new zone according to AP Reorganisation act 2014.
It is located on the Chennai Central-Howrah Station route, although the main line bypasses the Central Station. Duvvada railway station, a suburban station on the main line (near the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant) is being developed into a satellite hub to improve train service into the city.
There are direct rail links to many parts both in and outside the state to all major junctions. Kothavalasa–Kirandul line from Visakhapatnam to Kirandul via Araku is laid through eastern ghats. Up to Araku station it is having 84 bridges and 58 tunnels. Also, it pass through South India's highest elevation broad gauge station, Similiguda, just before Borra caves. Visakhapatnam also shelters the country's largest Diesel Loco Shed with a capacity of 206.
AIRPORT: Visakhapatnam Airport is the busiest airport in Andhra Pradesh. It is connected by daily flights with Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Mangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Raipur, Tirupathi, Port Blair and Vijayawada. Visakhapatnam Airport has been operating night flights, and the airport is 24hr operational.
SEAPORTS: On the east coast of India, Visakhapatnam serves as the gateway waterway for Andhra Pradesh. It has one of the country's largest ports, and the oldest shipyard on the east coast. It is a land-locked harbour, as connected to the sea by a channel cut through rock and sand. Visakhapatnam is one of the busiest ports in India. Vizag Seaport owns two berths in the inner harbour; berth EQ-8 is fully mechanised and berth EQ-9 berth is not. Both berths are capable of handling Panamax vessels. The shipyard at Visakhapatnam is the largest in India. On the Chennai–Kolkota corridor, the city is also a hub for ground traffic. The Gangavaram Port is India's deepest seaport. In December 2010, Coal India agreed to enable an additional berth to be built at the port.
Places to Visit in Visakhapatnam (Vizag):
Visakhapatnam truly offers something for every type of traveler, from the beach bum to the culture vulture. There are eight beaches in this southeast India port city, as well as hilltop parks, a nature preserve, caverns, wildlife sanctuaries, temples, sacred Buddhist monuments and a fascinating submarine museum. Take a day trip to visit the fragrant coffee plantations of the Araku Valley.
MAJOR TOURIST PLACES:
INS Kurusura Submarine Museum
Rama Krishna Beach
Kursura Sub-Marine Museum
Victory at Sea War Memorial
Sri Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple
Araku Tribal Museum
Ross Hill Church
Naval Museum (Swarna Jyoti Museum)
Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary
Vuda City Central Park
Sri Venkateswara Temple
Kondakarla Bird Sanctuary
Lakshmi Devi Temple
Kondakarla Ava Beach
Vuda City Central Park
Lawson's Bay Beach
Sri Bhadrakali Sametha Veereswara swamy Devasthanam
Lakshminarayana Swamy Temple
Govindaraja Swamy Temple
ABOUT VIZAG (VISAKHAPATNAM) HARITHA HOTELS:
Visakhapatnam, which is popularly referred to as Vizag, is named after God Vaishaka. The city is a port city, located along the shores of Bay of Bengal and is headquarters to the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. Although considered to be an industrial city, Vizag has a rich and vibrant culture and heritage. The city was part of the ancient Kalinga Empire and was ruled by renowned kings, such as Ashoka and Krishnadeva Raya. During the 18th century, the city was a Dutch colony. Today, Vizag embraces its past and present seamlessly, making it an interesting and attractive city to spend holidays.
Vizag is blessed with natural beauty, with hill ranges, pristine beaches along its coastline and lush, natural valleys. The city is surrounded by three hills, Sri Venkateswara Konda, Ross Hill and Dargah Konda. Each hill is home to a shrine, dedicated to three different religions. The Venkateswara Konda is home to the Vekateswara Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva; Ross Hill houses the Church of Virgin Mary; and the Dargah Konda is home to the tomb of a Muslim saint called Baba Ishaq Madina Dargah.
HARITHA HOTEL (YATRINIVAS), VIZAG (Visakhapatnam):Located on Beach Road, the hotel has air-conditioned suites, air-conditioned rooms and standard rooms, which are located on the ground floor. This hotel is perfect to enjoy the wonders and attractions that the city has to offer.
HARITHA HOTEL (YATRINIVAS) ROOMS TARIFF & HARITHA HOTEL (YATRINIVAS) ROOM OPTIONS:
There are Four Types of Room Options Available in Haritha Hotel (Yatrinivas) Vizag (Visakhapatnam)
1) AC 4 BEDDED ROOM:- Four Single Cot Beds/Two Double Cot Beds in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.2622/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2300/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.3192/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2800/- + Taxes)
2) AC SUITE ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.2394/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2100/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.2850/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2500/- + Taxes)
3) AC ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.1710/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1500/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.2052/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1800/- + Taxes)
4) NON-AC GROUND FLOOR ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.1368/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1200/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.1596/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1400/- + Taxes)
RUSHIKONDA HARITHA BEACH RESORT, VIZAG (Visakhapatnam) :Located on Bhimli Road, Rushikonda, this beautiful beach resort has a presidential suite, 10 luxury rooms, air-conditioned executive and deluxe rooms and standard air-conditioned rooms. Guests can enjoy the beautiful waters of the Bay of Bengal and the pristine sandy beach while staying at this resort.
RUSHIKONDA HARITHA BEACH RESORT, VIZAG (Visakhapatnam) ROOMS TARIFF & RUSHIKONDA HARITHA BEACH RESORT, VIZAG (Visakhapatnam) ROOM OPTIONS:
There are Five Types of Room Options Available in Rushikonda Haritha Beach Resort, Vizag (Visakhapatnam)
1) AC PRESIDENTIAL SUITE ROOM:- One Double Cot Bed/One King Size Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.4560/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.4000/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.5472/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.4800/- + Taxes)
2) AC LUXURY ROOM:- One Double Cot Bed/One King Size Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.2850/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2500/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.3420/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.3000/- + Taxes)
3) AC EXECUTIVE ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.2964/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2600/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.2052/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1800/- + Taxes)
4) AC DELUXE ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.2280/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2000/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.2736/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2400/- + Taxes)
5) AC STANDARD ROOM:- Two Single Cot Beds/One Double Cot Bed in One Room:
Week-Days Tariff is Rs.1938/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.1700/- + Taxes)
Week-End Days Tariff is Rs.2280/- per room per day (Base Tariff is Rs.2000/- + Taxes)
BOOKING RULES FOR VIZAG HARITHA HOTELS RESERVATION:
Advance & Online Booking Options: You should book Minimum One Day Advance & Maximum 90 Days Advance as per Availability of Rooms
Check-Out Time: 24 Hours
Number of Persons Allowed: 02 Adults per Room (02 Children below 10 Years Complementary)
Extra Beds Option: Not Available
Extra Persons Option: Only One Extra Person per Room is Allowed with Extra Person Charges (Extra Person Charges are Rs.300/- in AC Rooms & Rs.200/- in Non AC Rooms)
Food Options: Food Charges Extra - Payable as per your order at the Restaurant
CANCELLATION RULES FOR VIZAG HARITHA HOTELS RESERVATION:
1) "No Cancellation / No Refunds" if you request for cancellation within One Day / 24 Hours prior to Check-in Time / Day, and/or On Check-in Date, and/or after Check-in Time / Date,
2) "20% Cancellation Charges" If you request for cancellation within Two (02) Days (48 hours) in advance and up to One Day (24 hours) prior to the Check-in Time / Date,
3) "10% Cancellation Charges" If you request for cancellation more than Two (02) Days (48 hours) in advance prior to the Check-in Time / Date,
4) "Partial Cancellation" is allowed only for Once subject to cancellation rules as mentioned at S No.1,2,3 above (No Further Modification / No Cancellation / No Refund after One Time Modification / Partial Cancellation),
5) "Full Preponement / Full Postponement" is allowed only for Once subject to availability of rooms, in such cases, the ticket/request should be presented more than One Day (24 hours) in advance prior to the Check-in Time / Date (No Further Modification / No Cancellation / No Refund after One Time Preponement/Postponement). Partial Preponement / Partial Postponement is not allowed
6) If Your Ticket/Reservation once modified (preponed / postponed / partially cancelled) cannot be further modified and not allowed for further cancellation / modification / preponement or postponement,
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